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One of the best foraging books out there,
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This review is from: The Forager Handbook (Hardcover)
I have been foraging for a couple of years now and after having made good use of the book 'Food for Free' I really wanted to find a detailed and extensive guide to ALL of Britain's wild edibles, to get a solid understanding of the hundreds of different plants that grow freely just waiting to be eaten. In my eyes, The Forager Handbook is that guide.
I should state that this is no field guide, nor do I think it should be considered a novices book. This is for those who really wish to become knowledgeable about the subject. When I first got the book and started flicking through it, it was obvious that a lot of effort and research had gone into it. Page after page of information on all the different plants, good descriptions, any potential hazards, similar species and ways to use them, it's all there. I saw some people saying they weren't too impressed by the black and white images but to be honest the photos are of such good quality (the vast majority of them anyway) that if you were to bring a bit of the plant in question indoors and hold it in front of the page, I have no doubt you would be able to make a positive identification, especially with the descriptions to help. All it takes is a bit of attention to detail, which let's be honest if you are foraging, you are meant to have anyway ;)
The book is divided up in to all the families of plants making it easy to navigate, here and there the author has included a few poisonous plants as learning about these is half the battle when it comes to not poisoning yourself and the way it is written feels like how somebody would talk, as though you have someone there mentoring you which I thought was nice.
In summary, a dozen or fewer average quality photos (take into account there must be a few hundred in the book) is all I can really pick out to fault. The whole book is really quality and I think if you are planning on foraging seriously, you won't be disappointed with it. £20 well spent! :)